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Old May 17, 2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default The amazing Osprey

Living in a Florida coastal community, these are one of the most prevalent raptors around.
Their fishing abilities are remarkable! When one swoops and hits the water he rarely misses his catch. They are doing lots of fishing these days as there are lots of chicks to be fed!

Here's the nest from which he launched (I think it's "he"). These chicks grow very rapidly and are now almost full sized. Note the eye-color difference between Mom and babies.

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Old May 17, 2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Old May 17, 2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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Just a fantastic series.

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Old May 17, 2011, 6:41 PM   #4
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Amazing images!
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Old May 17, 2011, 11:07 PM   #5
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That is an amazing series. What gear did you use for these?
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Wow, beautiful. What an intense looking creature!!

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That last shot is the one!
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Old May 19, 2011, 10:19 PM   #8
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Great photos. What is the fish - a Tarpon? No wonder fishermen hate these birds. Out here their favorite prey is Mullet, which nobody misses.

BTW, their feet are specially modified to enable them to carry their fish lengthwise like a torpedo for reduced air resistance, as they can fly with them for long distances.
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Old May 19, 2011, 10:57 PM   #9
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Stunning picks!
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Fantastic series from catch to nest.
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